Playshop Theatre To Present Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”

Feb. 21, 2012 — The Allegheny College Playshop Theatre continues its 2011-2012 season with Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” a favorite with audiences around the world since its premiere in 1895. The show will be presented in the Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre in the Vukovich Center for Communication Arts March 1-4. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Considered one of the wittiest comedies in the English language, “The Importance of Being Earnest” promises, as Wilde said, to “treat all the trivial things of life very seriously, and all the serious things of life with sincere and studied triviality” as friends Algernon and Jack pursue love and romance in London and the countryside. False identities are assumed, ladies are wooed, long-lost relatives are reunited.

The ensemble cast includes Allegheny students Lee Scandinaro (North Huntingdon, Pa.), Dylan Boucher (Elizabeth, Pa.), Gwyn Agnew (Pittsburgh), Colleen McCaughey (Hudson, Ohio) and Lauryn Reiff (Greenwood Village, Colo). The scenery and lights were designed by Michael Mehler. Uriel Gomez is the costume designer. Kevin Van Develde is the stage manager. Dan Crozier directs the production.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7.50 for non-Allegheny students, senior citizens and Allegheny employees. Although admission is free for Allegheny students with identification, they are asked to make reservations. For more information or to order tickets, contact the Playshop Theatre box office at 814-332-3414.

Photo: Allegheny students, left to right: Lee Scandinaro, Gwyn Agnew and Dylan Boucher. Photo by Bill Owen